Hildr Valkyrie
Deceitful Fate


3.5
great

Review

by Robin Kasen USER (3 Reviews)
August 17th, 2007 | 25 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Hail Odin! Hail Thor! Hail... Falkenbach?

The woman known as Hildr Valkyrie has gone by many names, such as Iris and even Queen Of Hades. She has also been apart of many bands. The most prominent of these bands are the folk metal supergroup Folkearth (which consists of 30 members!) and the Lord Of The Rings worshiping ambient project Uruk-Hai.

Hildr Valkyrie is a master when it comes to using Summoning style keyboard and drum programming. The music is very upbeat and catchy as well as atmospheric and serene. Her vocals are not dynamic in the music but they add a nice touch, being low in the mix and acting as if they are one with the instruments. The distorted guitars and heavy bass are not dominate to the drums nor the keyboard but add a nice, unsettling touch to the atmosphere. I guess the best way to describe the music is celtic folk metal that worships the likes of Falkenbach and Summoning.

The album is self produced and self financed but has a very clean sound. Even though the guitars could have been mixed better, the drum and keyboard sync perfectly and the bass is surprisingly high in the mix (for a ‘metal’ album, that is). The composition of the music is rather unique in its own way, but does not vary much between songs. You don’t need to read the lyrics to guess that the music is surrounding concepts of Norse mythology. Just like most ‘viking’ metal bands, the music displays the concept vividly (even to the point of being cheesy).

Hildr Valkyrie uses a lot of dramatic effects in her music, which the intro track Long Live Honour and The Tears proudly display. The instrumentals are usually very repetitive, which is both a good and bad thing. The upside is that they are extremely catchy and flow well with the vocals. The downside is that there are not very many powerful dynamics in the songs, which wouldn’t be too big a problem if they all didn’t clock over five minutes each. An Ode To All Father Odhinn easily ranks as the best song on the album with a much more vocal dominate performance and a solid set of similar yet intoxicating dynamic atmospheres.

Hail The Fallen, Hail Thee Einherjar and the cover of Falkenbach’s Baldurs Tod are both top notch tracks that show Hildr Valkyrie’s skills as a musician. Keeping the guitar at a very minimalist level and focusing more on the keyboard brings new Summoning to mind when listening to them. The Tears is easily the heaviest track on the album, focusing more on blast beats and distorted guitar riffs. Hildr Valkyrie manages to keep the focus on her haunting vocals and soft keyboard undertones throughout the song.

Overall this is a great release if you’re into the viking metal trend or if you like celtic music.

Pros
* Solid musicianship and compositions.
* Very clean production for a self-released album.
* Great use of melodies and atmospheres.


Cons
* Each song could easily be cut back a good two minutes each.
* Can get repetitive.
* Not enough guitar dynamics.


My final grade: 3.5/5


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robin2220
August 17th 2007


569 Comments


This review is surprisingly shorter then my other review. O.o

It was really hard to write without making it a track-by-track so please don't be too harsh.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
August 17th 2007


16478 Comments


Good review, your other one was much better, but this is short and right to the point. This album sounds sorta interesting, but I don't think it's my cup of tea.

robin2220
August 17th 2007


569 Comments


What made this one so hard is the fact that I couldn't do track by track cause every track follows the same formula and I couldn't evaluate it on the level I did Weakling because there isn't as much to evaluate. I could of gone into her history but that wouldn't of been very good for a review I don't think.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
August 17th 2007


16478 Comments


I think this review is fitting enough, you got right to describing the music and you described the sound well. The fact that the bass is fairly prominent is intriguing.

robin2220
August 17th 2007


569 Comments


She is a much better bassist then a guitarist, that's for sure.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
August 17th 2007


16478 Comments


Bass always adds a lot to the music when it's played well.

robin2220
August 17th 2007


569 Comments


Any one else going to give me some good feedback??

Slaytan
August 17th 2007


1186 Comments


Nice review, especially for your second. A little more information would have been nice in describing the instruments, but good job nonetheless.

robin2220
August 17th 2007


569 Comments


Thank you. I'll try to improve that with my next review.

astrel
August 17th 2007


2614 Comments


you didn't mention enough about the most important instrument, the drums. A nice review that is to the point otherwise.This Message Edited On 08.17.07

robin2220
August 17th 2007


569 Comments


Technically the keyboard is the most important instrument here, but you're right. It's kind of hard for me to describe the drums outside the fact that they're programmed.

astrel
August 17th 2007


2614 Comments


I completely skipped over the word programming in your review, I am very sorry.

robin2220
August 17th 2007


569 Comments


>.< I forgive you.

Zoo
August 18th 2007


3759 Comments


I think it's funny she decided to call herself Hildr Valkyrie, especially since Hildr was already one of the most famous Valkyries.

And yes, I'm a mythology geek, and not just Norse mythology either.

robin2220
August 18th 2007


569 Comments


I don't know much about Norse but I do know a bit of Greek.

Zoo
August 18th 2007


3759 Comments


She seems to have quite a bit of Norse mythological influence in this, which makes this album intriguing.

I might just have to look into this.

robin2220
August 18th 2007


569 Comments


It's only available by downloading now. I got mine back when it came out and I visited Italy. I just so happened to find it in a used CD bin.

Zoo
August 18th 2007


3759 Comments


I'll find it. ;)

south_of_heaven 11
August 18th 2007


5438 Comments


That chick on the cover of this album is hawt.

Zoo
August 18th 2007


3759 Comments


I would assume that's her.



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